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Here are the pictures. :) Wearing the corset and waist petticoat with a modern bra and my Edwardian chemise that I made last year.

Being kind to your Friends page )

Playing with the effects on my camera for fun.
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I managed to put together my petticoat over the weekend. Which means pictures tomorrow! It gets dark so early now that I had to pick tomorrow because I get home from school early. (It seriously starts getting darker at 3:30pm. So ridiculous!) I plan on doing for real, nice pictures of the whole undergarment ensemble. I haven't tried it all on yet because I ironed it yesterday and didn't want to create a bunch of wrinkles. The petticoat was a good idea because it showed me the adjustments I'll have to make when I finally use the same pattern for the skirt of the evening dress.

To sum up, I've now completed two projects this year. Hurrah! One was an unfinished one from last year and the other was a new one using fabric from the stash and a pattern that I own. So I'm good on the Stash Busting/UFO Project front. :) Up next, following the project rules, finishing off my ivory slip and knickers (just adding straps and a snap). Then I'm on to a new project: jeans, using denim from the stash.

Hurrah!

Jan. 25th, 2012 04:07 pm
mala_14: (1912)
The 1912 corset is finished! And yesterday I enlarged the 1913-14 afternoon dress pattern from Patterns of Fashion 2. Well, the skirt part of it. Actually, only the top part of the skirt of it. My paper wasn't long enough to do the whole thing. Plus, it's all straight lines on the lower part that I can just draw on to the actual fabric. And I'd probably need to shorten the thing several inches anyways. So today, the plan is to cut out the petticoat.
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This weekend I managed to add the lace trim to the top of the corset, make a really cute bow, and floss almost all of the bones. There are just two more to go. Pushing the needle through is a bit tough on the fingers; a good reminder to use a thimble. I really love the look of flossing. It's such a nice detail. No pictures at the moment. I think I'll wait until I get my petticoat made. Then I can do nice pictures with the corset on. For the petticoat, I'm going to use a modified version of the skirt in Patterns of Fashion Vol. 2, the 1913-14 evening dress. It has the right waist measurement and I think I'm going to be using a lot of parts from that pattern to make the dress. I'll make the petticoat ankle length so that it doesn't peek out from the dress hem and I'm going to make the back seam straight and then run a tie through the back part of the waistband to gather it. After I finish the corset, enlarging the pattern is next.
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I finished the binding for one side of the corset and the other side is half sewn on. These pictures show the binding, inside and outside. Topstitched then turned over and overcast by hand. Not very exciting, but it's progress. You can also see part of a boning channel covering the seam allowance on the inside shot.
Binding detail shots )

I just bought these trims this weekend. Lace for the top and ribbon to make a very loopy bow, which many teens corsets seem to have. I was surprised by being able to find such a delicate cotton lace at my local fabric store. The ribbon is grosgrain. I was actually looking for satin, but this was the best colour match. I figure that I can always take the bow off if I don't like it. Best part was that everything was at least 50% off at the fabric store. More on that later! ;)

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The boning channels have all been sewn in (some better than others...)! I'm wearing the corset right now and have pictures to show you. There are a few small wrinkles near the waist, but nothing too significant. The very bottom is a bit loose, but that shouldn't really matter. Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it looks so far. I get more waist compression than I was expecting. The bottom of some of the bones pokes out a little, but flossing should fix that. There's supposed to be more boning, a lot more actually. Each seam is supposed to have two bones and there's supposed to be an extra two bones in panel 3. However, on me, in no place around the waist is the gap between bones more than 2 inches, so I think I'm ok with 1 bone per seam and skipping the extra ones in the middle of the panel.



The other pics )

Next up, binding.
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You may have noticed that I've been collecting vintage sewing patterns lately. In the interest of posting more content on my LJ, here are my latest ones.


Early 1940s Dress (Hollywood 1846)

The rest )
The 1912 corset is still being worked on. The grommets are all set and the strips for boning channels have been cut and ironed. I ended up cutting out new wider ones. Today I am going to start sewing them on.
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Well, even though I meant to get lots done on Saturday, that day ended up mostly being a bust. For sewing anyways. I got some other things done though. Today was more productive. So I now have most of the grommets set and the boning channels cut out. They aren't quite as wide as would be optimal, but they should be alright. I also meant to hold off on setting the very top grommets because I don't have the right lace trim yet and it might be wide enough that the grommet will need to go through it. But I wasn't thinking and I put in the top ones. Oh well. I guess if the lace is really wide then I'll just have to figure out some way of removing the top grommets. I also almost had a mishap enlarging one of the holes to put the grommet in to. The scissors that I was using to break a couple threads pushed through. Luckily, the resulting cut wasn't very big. The grommet covered it alright. So that's the corset update for the weekend. This week I will definitely get the other things done that I wanted to do this weekend: finish grommets, boning, and binding.
mala_14: (1912)
The back facings are now sewn on. This weekend I'm working on grommets, cutting out boning channels, sewing in boning channels, and binding. I may not get it all done, but most of it should be manageable. And since I claim progress, here are pictures as proof. :)



The insides )
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I've been formulating my sewing plans and have decided that, instead of planning everything out far in advance, I'm just going to figure out two or three months in advance. It's difficult to have enough foresight to plan for the whole year or even half the year. New projects crop up and current projects decide to be difficult. So my plans for January are: finish 1912 corset (more on that in a moment), make a pair of jeans (I just patched a hole in one pair yesterday, then the pair that was in the wash developed a hole. :p Plus, the place where I usually buy jeans has decided to change to super thin denim, so buying jeans is out of the picture at the moment until I have time to shop around. I guess it would actually take less time to shop around than to sew a pair, but I already have some really nice denim to make them out of and there are no guarantees that I will even be able to find jeans that I like.), and do the 1912 Project thing. If I have time I will try to make a petticoat for the Foundations Revealed DPP to go with the corset. Then I'll finally have a usable set of undies. Though not a completely thorough one, it'll be good enough to start making actual clothes to go over them. :)

As far as the 1912 corset is concerned, things are going well. I have all the main pieces sewn together and the busk inserted. The back facings are what I am currently working on. Then it's boning channels, grommets, and binding. I want to get all that done this weekend and have a wearable corset by next week. Should be doable! After that it will just be adding lace to trim the top and flossing the bones to make them look pretty. I'll also be able to get going on the jeans then, which should be a good straightforward project.

Tentative plans for February include finishing the plum jacket, more 1912 Project, and something else that I haven't decided on yet but we have a mid-term holiday in February so that will be a good time to squeeze in another project. I'm considering entering the Evadress contest. However, right now I have to write a very short paper. Back in school mode.
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Here it is, the stuff I sewed in 2011. I didn't do any knitting like I wanted to, but I was far more productive than usual. I got done, on average, just over one project a month, which was my original goal for the year. I think I can up my productivity for next year a little bit. I have some new strategies, like to just force myself to get started, because once I've started I have no trouble continuing. So...

Grape dress- which I want to re-fit in the waist section before I wear it



The rest )

Whew! That was a lot. It seems like this was a pretty productive year for everyone on my Friends list. See you all in 2012! Happy New Year! And best of luck with all your future sewing projects!
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I'm about to get started on my 1912 corset for the Foundations Revealed Double Period Project. I've already completed the mock-up and have some (not very good) pictures of it.

Standard front, side, and back )


Construction ramblings )

Hurray!

Dec. 12th, 2011 10:49 pm
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I had my only exam during the exam period today. The rest were in-class exams. So now I'm footloose and fancy free! Yay!

This means more baking time. Mmm... And sewing time! My plum wool jacket is underway. I cut out the fronts and backs. Cutting through the heavy wool was really tough. I also marked them with tailor's tacks, which was fun because of the different colours of thread. I only cut out those pieces because I want to do the darts and seam and see how the body fits before cutting everything else out and getting it sewn together only to find out that it doesn't fit well. That would suck.

Christmas presents are also contributing toward sewing. I asked for some sewing books (one on patterning and one on couture sewing techniques). My mom has already bought me some corset supplies. Once Christmas hits, I will be getting my 1912 corset sewn up. This will be handy because I've decided to participate in the 1912 Project happening at the Vintage Pattern Lending Library. You get a repro every month of a pattern from La Mode Illustree from 1912 and all you have to do is sew it up (and a mock-up is totally fine). It's pretty neat.

Also Christmas related, my grandmother gave me some money to buy my own gift. So I ordered some vintage patterns from Etsy. A blouse and a dress. The two came together, and it was a pretty good deal for patterns that old. I've managed to already figure out the blouse is from 1939 (Yay! for Vintage Pattern Wiki) and the dress is, I think, early 1940s, based on the shoulder yokes and hairstyles of the pictures. I've been wanting to find dress patterns with shoulder yokes, a sweetheart neckline, and a pleated front after seeing all these inspiring dresses, and here was one with all three. Talk about lucky! So I snapped it up. The blouse was just a bonus.

Well, that's enough rambling from me. I've been pretty busy this last month, so it's really nice to know that I'm going to have some quality "me" time for the rest of the month. I plan on being very productive. And not just with sewing. I'm going to get my novel finished, which I wrote for NaNoWriMo (writing 50,000 words to win!). And watch lots of hockey. And read all those books that have been piling up. And maybe even see my friends once in a while too. Fun times!
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Mock-up #1 was thrown together this week and tried on. I don't think I need a second mock-up. This style of corset is so easy to fit; just vertical seams, not a ton of compression, no bust to mess around with. The lacing gap may have been a tad on the small side, but the fabric I used for the mock-up has a tiny bit of stretch, so it should be fine when I use coutil. The neat thing about the corset is how it makes me stand. If I stand up straight, it actually feels funny in the lower back. This is corrected when I adopt the "period posture" of being slightly leaned forward. Very cool!

This project is on hold for the next little while. I need to order the hardware, and since I'm not working right now, I wanted to wait until I get a job before spending cash on projects. So my next project will be the plum jacket, since I have all the stuff for it already. Plus, the weather is getting a little more cool, and by the time the jacket is done, it should be the perfect time to wear it. :)

In other sewing plans, I was having a tough time trying to figure out a good Halloween costume. Well, I finally found it: Wednesday Addams! I just need to make a dark coloured shirtdress with a white collar and cuffs. I already have black hair to braid. Throw on a pair of black tights and some pale make-up and I should be all set. Maybe make a headless doll if I feel up for it. ;p
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I've started work on my entry for the DPP on Your Wardrobe Unlock'd/Foundations Revealed. Yesterday I enlarged this pattern from the Foundations Revealed website. (The pattern can also be found here on the Bridges on the Body Blog.) Originally, I wanted to try out [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson's teens corset pattern (also on Foundations Revealed), but this other pattern was much closer to my measurements and involved less alterations. So I enlarged this pattern using my trusty system of putting a grid on the small pattern and copying it by hand to a larger grid. I then shaved off about 1/8 of an inch from several of the seams to make it the right size for me. Today I cut out the mock-up and sewed the seams together. It is a super easy pattern to work with. There aren't tons of pieces, and none of them are oddly shaped. Plus, the vertical seams make for easy fitting adjustments. Also, the markings on the pattern are very accurate. Tomorrow I am going to put the bones in the mock-up and see how it fits. Exciting!

The blouse is mostly together now. I worked on it the other day. All that needs doing for it is to finish the side seams, hem the sleeves, and hem the bottom. I tried it on and it looks nice, but I don't really like how it feels on. I think I cut the neck too wide. It makes for a flattering neckline, but it feels a bit too open for the fall. This one may end up being on hold for a little while.

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